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New Training Programs to Educate Law Enforcement

New Training Programs to Educate Law Enforcement

The Unmanned Safety Institute, a professional organization dedicated to the safe and responsible integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System, today announced a joint partnership with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to provide innovative training on the safety and security of UAS to the law enforcement community throughout the… Read more »

Source: USI, 20-Sep-16

Register Update – USA – week to 18 September 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 18 September 2016

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are monthly, although some are less… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 11 September 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 11 September 2016

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are monthly, although some are less… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-16

Bell demos the 407GT on anti-rhino poaching work

Bell demos the 407GT on anti-rhino poaching work

Rhino911’s goal is to stop the poachers long before they reach their targets. Unlike any other active anti-poaching effort, Rhino911 benefits from tactical air assets and support groups flying the specially equipped Bell 407 helicopter. Operators will find and intercept poachers of Rhinos and other endangered species from extended ranges with advanced night vision (NV)… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Sep-16

STARS Rescue raises more $516,000

STARS Rescue raises more $516,000

More than $516,000 was raised by five Saskatchewan community and business leaders at the second annual Rescue on the Prairie fundraising event for STARS air ambulance, held Thursday at a remote prairie location near St. Denis, SK. “I was really honoured that I was chosen to participate,” said Kindersley-based participant Garth MacDonald. “It’s been fun…. Read more »

Source: STARS, 19-Sep-16

FAA proposes $892,500 fine for Air Methods

FAA proposes $892,500 fine for Air Methods

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes an $892,500 civil penalty against Air Methods Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating an Airbus EC-135 helicopter on passenger-carrying flights when it was not airworthy. The FAA alleges that during a Nov. 4, 2014 inspection in Tampa, Fla., an FAA inspector discovered that the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 18-Sep-16

New Analysis on Fatal Accidents completed by USHST

New Analysis on Fatal Accidents completed by USHST

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.ushst.org) has completed a comprehensive analysis of U.S. fatal accidents that occurred from 2009 to 2013.  The data will be used to develop specific intervention recommendations to support further accident reductions.   Out of 104 fatal accidents that took place during the five-year span, 50 percent of them stemmed from… Read more »

Source: USHST, 16-Sep-16

Bel Air passes 5000 flight hours on AW189 fleet

Bel Air passes 5000 flight hours on AW189 fleet

Bel Air has just passed the first 5000 safe flight hours with our two AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters. This means that Bel Air remain AW189 fleet leader worldwide. In comparison the total fleet of 23 AW189 helicopters worldwide has flown just under 16000 hours. Bel Air took delivery of two AW189 helicopters from Leonardo Helicopters (formerly… Read more »

Source: Bel Air, 16-Sep-16

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Spectrum Aeromed Equips Bell 407GXP

Spectrum Aeromed Equips Bell 407GXP

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that the company’s equipment was installed on a new Bell 407GXP helicopter for Boise, Idaho based Idaho Helicopters. The new aircraft is equipped with a single patient pivot system and will fly Helicopter Air Ambulance for St. Luke’s Hospital. “We selected the Spectrum Aeromed system for a lot of reasons,”… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 16-Sep-16

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Obituary – Santino Pancotti of AgustaWestland

Obituary – Santino Pancotti of AgustaWestland

Santino Pancotti, former technical lead for Agusta and AgustaWestland, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016. He was 75. Pancotti was born in Dec. 1940 and joined Agusta in 1958. Initially he worked on Bell 47s licensed from the Fort Worth manufacturer. As a junior designer, he worked on the development of the A102, A103,… Read more »

Source: AHS, 16-Sep-16

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Iran negotiates for up to 60 Ansat and Kamov Ka226T

Iran negotiates for up to 60 Ansat and Kamov Ka226T

Iran’s Health Ministry is in negotiations with Russian Helicopters for a supply of 60 light helicopters Ansat and Kamov Ka-226T. Currently Iran holds 50 Russian helicopters, including Mi-17, Mi-171, Mi-171E, Mi-8MTV, Mi-17V5s. The Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company are also discussing the possibility of creating a helicopter maintenance and repair centre. As reported by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-16

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance adds Training Simulator

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance adds Training Simulator

A new training simulator has been opened in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance’s new airbase in Thruxton. The new simulator will help first-responders with training for different environments, from the Hampshire Forest to a crowded nightclub. It allows them to practice their technical skills as well as how they work as a team…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-16

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Successful Landing of Sikorsky S-92 on New Mariner B Helideck

Successful Landing of Sikorsky S-92 on New Mariner B Helideck

Statoil has had its first successful landing of its Sikorsky S-92 on its new Mariner B Helideck. The inaugurating flight began at CHC’s Aberdeen Airport, making this its first offshore flight for the Mariner B. CHC and Statoil are happy with the outcome of their alliance, reports Energy Voice. The pilots, support teams and engineers… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-16

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EASA Safety Conference

EASA Safety Conference

The 2016 European Aviation Safety Agency’s Annual Conference takes place 25 and 26 October 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia, coinciding with the country’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference focuses on the topics of future technologies and innovative business models, covering all aviation domains, including aircraft manufacturing, aircraft operations and Air Traffic Management…. Read more »

Source: EASA, 16-Sep-16

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Spectrum Aeromed Donates $25,0000

Spectrum Aeromed Donates $25,0000

Spectrum Aeromed announced today they presented Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity with a check through United Way of Cass Clay for $25,000 on Thursday September 15, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. The presentation took place at the build site located at 3118 32nd Ave S, Moorhead. The donation is in honor of both Spectrum Aeromed and Lake… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 16-Sep-16

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CHC Helicopter selects AirVault software

CHC Helicopter selects AirVault software

CHC Helicopter (“CHC”) announced today that it has licensed the AirVault Maintenance Records Management Solution, a new, web-based aircraft maintenance record management system for their entire fleet maintenance operations. AirVault is a proven mission-critical cloud-based electronic document management system designed to manage the digital content and bi-directional processes of aircraft maintenance records for the world’s… Read more »

Source: AirVault, 15-Sep-16

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60th Anniversary of Kazan Helicopters Exports

60th Anniversary of Kazan Helicopters Exports

September 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the first export supplies of Kazan Helicopters. The first export was the delivery of a Mi-4 helicopter to Austria, to take people to local ski resorts. In the early 1990s, hopes for large state orders were low.  The management of Kazan Helicopters decided to create its own marketing… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Sep-16

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FEC Heliports at Air Medical Transport Conference 2016

FEC Heliports at Air Medical Transport Conference 2016

FEC Heliports has been a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of rooftop and aluminium helipads for more than 20 years. It has maintained that position by keeping an emphasis on design, flexibility, safety and innovation but perhaps most importantly by focussing on its customer requirements. A good example of this is the recent design and… Read more »

Source: FEC Heliports, 15-Sep-16

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Oceania Aviation attending IBCAS 2016

Oceania Aviation attending IBCAS 2016

Oceania Aviation are pleased to announce they will be attending the Indonesia Business and Charter Aviation Summit 2016. Oceania Aviation will be represented by company Director, Jonathan Bowen; Aircraft Sales and Marketing Manager, Stephen Boyce and Oceania’s Sales Agent for Indonesia, Timotius Soenardi. First held in 2015, the IBCAS Conference is hosted by the Indonesia… Read more »

Source: OceaniaAviation, 14-Sep-16

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Airbus appoints new Head of North Asia and China

Airbus appoints new Head of North Asia and China

With effect from 1 September 2016, Marie-Agnes Veve will succeed Norbert Ducrot as the Head of North Asia region and Head of Airbus Helicopters China. Marie-Agnes Veve started her career at Airbus Helicopters in the Design Office in 1982. Since then, she has amassed a great wealth of experience in the company, as the Program… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Sep-16

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Air Methods Announces New Chief Medical Officer

Air Methods Announces New Chief Medical Officer

Air Methods (Nasdaq:AIRM) announced the appointment of its first chief medical officer, David Frederick Edward Stuhlmiller, MD, FACEP, CMTE. Mike Allen, president of air medical services at Air Methods said, “We’re very pleased to have Dr. Stuhlmiller join our leadership team. We provide emergency air medical care to more than 100,000 patients every year. As America’s… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 13-Sep-16

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Canadian operator buys Sikorsky S-76D

Canadian operator buys Sikorsky S-76D

Fig Air Inc., a Toronto-based VIP and corporate helicopter operator, has signed for a Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter.  This sale will result in the first delivery of the Sikorsky S-76D helicopter to a Canadian helicopter operator. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT). Charles Bouchard, chief executive for Lockheed Martin Canada and a former Royal… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Sep-16

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Bell takes 429, 407GX and 525 mockup to Monaco Yacht Show

Bell takes 429, 407GX and 525 mockup to Monaco Yacht Show

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, will debut its much anticipated Bell 525 Relentless at the 26th annual Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), September 28 through October 1. As the only helicopter company on the ground at the show, Bell Helicopter will also display the Bell 429 and the Bell 407GX, both part of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Sep-16

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Offshore rig count down 27.2% year on year

Offshore rig count down 27.2% year on year

Baker Hughes has issued rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of U.S. and Canadian drilling activity. Hughes initiated the monthly international rig count in 1975. The North American rig count is released weekly at noon central time on the last day of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-16

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Is the BHA President independent or not?

Is the BHA President independent or not?

The British Helicopter Association has very successfully promoted the use of helicopters in the United Kingdom for many years, from humble beginnings in Redhill led by the famous Eric Brown to a respected position it holds today with an office at Fairoaks Airport to the south-west of London. The British helicopter fleet numbers over 1200,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters begin additional certification tests for Mi-38-2

Russian Helicopters begin additional certification tests for Mi-38-2

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is conducting additional certification tests of the Mi-38-2 helicopter to enhance its operational characteristics for further supplies to the Russian Aerospace Forces.  Technical features of the helicopter have already been approved by the Ministry of Defense and by the company’s specialists, and all work on further equipping the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 12-Sep-16

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Babcock expands into new helicopter engineering facility

Babcock expands into new helicopter engineering facility

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore has acquired a 20,000 sq ft hangar at Gloucestershire Airport as a base for its growing helicopter maintenance, repair, overhaul and installations operations. The new facility – located very close to the company’s existing  Staverton headquarters – will become a major new engineering base for the company. Tim Shattock, Managing… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 12-Sep-16

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FlightSafety announces new Assistant Manager at Dallas Learning Center

FlightSafety announces new Assistant Manager at Dallas Learning Center

FlightSafety International announces that John Healey has been named as an Assistant Manager of the company’s Dallas/Fort Worth North Learning Center. He joins Thierry Pierard who also serves as Assistant Manager. “We congratulate John on his well-deserved promotion,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President, Operations. “John understands the unique requirements of our Customers, and is… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 12-Sep-16

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Bird strike prevention system to be offered on new Airbus helicopters in US

Bird strike prevention system to be offered on new Airbus helicopters in US

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Precise Flight, Inc. announced today that they have entered into a supply agreement for the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System which will be offered as an option on all Airbus Helicopters models marketed in the United States. The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternately pulses… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 12-Sep-16

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PAC International delivers 407GX to University of Utah Health Care

PAC International delivers 407GX to University of Utah Health Care

PAC International (PAC), a Metro Aviation company, has delivered a fully customized Bell 407GX to the University of Utah’s AirMed program, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Established in 1978 as the eighth air medical transport program in the nation, AirMed provides care throughout northern Utah and Wyoming. The new addition to the fleet is… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters to modernize Mi-26T2

Russian Helicopters to modernize Mi-26T2

-2The main upgrades include advanced handling characteristics, more precise navigation and communication capabilities of the helicopter. The Mi-26T2V will be able to fly to any region including those with complex geographical and unfavorable weather conditions, at any time, on equipped and unequipped routes, on new routes, above featureless terrain, under fire and information counteraction of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 12-Sep-16

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Safran delivers first US-built Arrius 2R for Bell 505

Safran delivers first US-built Arrius 2R for Bell 505

Safran Helicopter Engines has delivered on schedule the first Arrius 2R engine made in the U.S.A. Celebration of this handover to Bell Helicopter took place at Safran Helicopter Engines’ USA facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. It marks a major step in the 2R program and Safran’s commitment to supply Bell Helicopter with best-in-class products, assembled… Read more »

Source: Safran, 12-Sep-16

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Shimco expands Eastern Europe presence

Shimco expands Eastern Europe presence

Shimco has expanded its presence in Eastern Europe with the appointment of Providence Group as the exclusive Shimco representative in Ukraine and Belarus. Providence Group will introduce Shimco solutions to the market during AVIASVIT XXI, an exhibition event for aviation industry and space technology to be held 11-14 October 2016 in Kyiv. Established in 2000,… Read more »

Source: Shimco, 12-Sep-16

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Tulare County Sheriff selects TASE400 LRS

Tulare County Sheriff selects TASE400 LRS

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), will deliver the Cloud Cap Technology TASE400 Long Range Spotter (LRS) imaging system to Tulare County Sheriff’s Office in California for use in its air support aircraft.  The TASE400 LRS was chosen because of its high performance and low size, weight and power architecture…. Read more »

Source: Cloud Cap Technology, 12-Sep-16

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Russian Hour at the Aerial Firefighting conference in Australia

Russian Hour at the Aerial Firefighting conference in Australia

The 3rd Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific international exhibition and conference will take place on 5 and 6 September in Australia, Adelaide. The “Russian Hour” is scheduled at the conference, a traditional event which gives a deeper insight on the Russian helicopter industry. The best Russian experts in aerial firefighting are to share the integral experience… Read more »

Source: HIA, 12-Sep-16

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Heli-One Completes Inspection

Heli-One Completes Inspection

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services has completed the 2 year / 750 hour inspection for the Korean Coast Guard (KCG)’s Sikorsky S-92A. The KCG, a branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Security, oversees maritime safety and control off the coast of South Korea. The inspection… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 12-Sep-16

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Melbourne CBD to Get Heliport

Melbourne CBD to Get Heliport

Riverside location, Turning Basin has been proposed to be the new location for a four-helicopter helipad and terminal. The decision for a new helipad was made after complaints were made that the helipad in North Wharf (whose lease will expire in two years) generates too much noise near residential areas. This new helipad will be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-16

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UK SAR helicopters in new trial

UK SAR helicopters in new trial

HM Coastguard has a new eye in the sky from September 2016, as a Jetstream 41 turboprop aircraft is being trialled as part of a development to support our search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The new plane is painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours and will be patrolling the southern and eastern seaboard…. Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 11-Sep-16

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Leonardo signs contracts for AW169 and AW109SPs in Latin America

Leonardo signs contracts for AW169 and AW109SPs in Latin America

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced on 1 Sep that five corporate helicopters have recently been sold to three customers in South America. The sales include one AgustaWestland AW169 and twoGrandNew helicopters to corporate customers in Argentina, and another two GrandNew helicopters to a corporate customer inVenezuela. All five aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2016. The… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Sep-16

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100 layoffs at Erickson Air Crane

100 layoffs at Erickson Air Crane

Erickson Air Crane has been reported by WFTV to have laid off 100 workers this quarter in an attempt to settle financial difficulties. The company itself owes Wells Fargo $140 million. The company’s shares have already dropped from $2.19 per share down to $0.48. Erickson’s CEO has made a written statement saying that 10% of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

The Cornwall Air Ambulance has reached a milestone of 26 thousand rescues. This past Wednesday a young toddler was flown from Boscastle, after he fell off a wall and hit his head, and was taken to Derriford in little over 20 minutes. This young boy was the revealed as number 26 thousand. The air ambulance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Oceania Aviation Complete Upgrade Mod for BO105 Hoist

Oceania Aviation Complete Upgrade Mod for BO105 Hoist

Oceania Aviation’s Part 148 Manufacturing team, Airborne Systems have recently completed an Approved Modification to the OEM Hoist arm allowing the replacement of the obsolete Wadell Hoist with a NEW Breeze Eastern HS20200 600lb system on the BO105 Series model. The BO105 Hoist Arm Conversion was recently certified by an Australian operator and includes a… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 09-Sep-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-CILU), main rotors struck the ground, Cotswold (Kemble) Airport, Gloucestershire, 29 June 2016

Source: AAIB, 09-Sep-16

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Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

The Department for Transport bought 11 Sikorsky S92 and Agusta Westland AW189 helicopters from the American company Bristow for £1.9 billion, but the helicopters themselves are too large to land at hospital helipads. The hospitals Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol and Sheffield are being affected by the lack of helicopters available. Newcastle officials have brought the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Introduction of Helicopter Tourism to Kodaikanal Hills

Introduction of Helicopter Tourism to Kodaikanal Hills

The state government of India has received a proposal to introduce helicopter tourism to Kodaikanal Hills. In the proposal, Minister for Forests, C. Seenivasan has said that they have found a suitable site near Vilpatti and are currently studying to see whether it would be feasible. Studies include the monitoring of animal migration patterns. The elephants’… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 04 September 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 04 September 2016

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are monthly, although some are less… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 28 August 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 28 August 2016

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are monthly, although some are less… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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EASA proposes European-wide simplified pilot training standards for leisure flying

EASA proposes European-wide simplified pilot training standards for leisure flying

One of the goals identified by the General Aviation (GA) Road Map is to create an option to provide training for GA-related non-commercial licences outside an Approved Training Organisation (ATO). With Opinion 11/2016, the Agency proposes to introduce a new regulatory framework which requires training organisations for LAPL, PPL, SPL and BPL not to seek… Read more »

Source: EASA, 08-Sep-16

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MHS sues oil company Petronas for $10.5M

MHS sues oil company Petronas for $10.5M

Malaysian operator MHS – via their parent company Boustead Holdings -have commenced legal proceedings in the value of 42,760.810.68 Ringgits – which translates today as 10,564,880 US Dollars Here is the text of the announcement: Pursuant to paragraph 9.04 (g) of the Main Market Listing Requirements of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, Boustead Holdings Berhad (“Company”) wishes… Read more »

Source: Boustead, 08-Sep-16

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Freeflight Systems appoints new Sales and Marketing VP

Freeflight Systems appoints new Sales and Marketing VP

NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced the promotion of Peter Ring to Vice President Sales and Marketing. Based in Irving, Texas, Ring is responsible for getting the company’s range of innovative products and services into the global marketplace. Ring will also continue to develop the company’s highly effective team of sales, marketing and business development… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 08-Sep-16

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New vice chairman of AfBAA as membership growth continues

New vice chairman of AfBAA as membership growth continues

Members of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) have voted in Nuno Pereira, MD of Angola-based BestFly, as the Association’s Vice-Chairman. Nuno has been regularly involved with AfBAA since inception with BestFly committing to its Founding member status at an early stage. Since launch he has been extremely active and a strong vocal representative for… Read more »

Source: AfBAA, 08-Sep-16

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Air Ambulance Northern Ireland to launch with two EC135s

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland to launch with two EC135s

AANI are delighted to announce Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore as the aviation supplier of the Charity’s two aircraft. They will also provide aviation training and the pilots of both helicopters. Babcock has decades of experience in providing Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) across the UK and currently operates from more than 20 UK bases,… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 08-Sep-16

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FAA Approval obtained for Aspen displays on R44

Aspen is pleased to announce that FAA approval has been obtained for Aspen displays to be used as an attitude source for Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS stability augmentation and autopilot system on Robinson R44 helicopters. To commemorate this milestone, Genesys Aerosystems and Aspen Avionics will be offering significant savings off of list prices through the month… Read more »

08-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters to show new version of Ansat helicopter

Russian Helicopters to show new version of Ansat helicopter

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, created a prototype of the new rotorcraft at Kazan Helicopters as part of the Police Helicopter program. The machine features extra equipment and is designed to meet the needs of the Russian law enforcement agencies. The police version of Ansat is equipped with platforms for transporting special forces… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 08-Sep-16

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Zuccaro named to FAA Drone Advisory Committee

Zuccaro named to FAA Drone Advisory Committee

HAI President and CEO Matthew S. Zuccaro today called the launch of the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) “a major step forward in bringing together the appropriate stakeholders to assist the Department of Transportation and FAA in developing and implementing this exciting new aviation technology.” Named as a DAC member in an Aug. 31 announcement,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-Sep-16

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India – Three Helicopters Jointly Bought for Emergency Use

India – Three Helicopters Jointly Bought for Emergency Use

A proposal has been brought forward by the authorities of Noida, Greater Noida and YEIDA to purchase three helicopters to use for emergency situations, law enforcement and search and rescue. The proposal has been brought up before, but was not feasible due to financial reasons. “This fresh proposal seems workable,” says Janardan, Additional CEO of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-16

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The Importance of the Russian Aerial Firefighting Experience

The Importance of the Russian Aerial Firefighting Experience

On September 5 in the city of Adelaide, Australia, at the Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific international exhibition and conference the “Russian Hour” was held. This is a traditional event focused on giving a deeper insight on the Russian helicopter industry for the international community. This year’s “Russian Hour” topic was the “Russian experience in aerial… Read more »

Source: HIA, 08-Sep-16

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XTI Aircraft Company Launches Series B Financing

XTI Aircraft Company Launches Series B Financing

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) today launched the next phase of its funding strategy to bring the TriFan 600 to market. In addition to its ongoing equity crowdfunding campaign, XTI entered into an engagement agreement with the New York investment bank Primary Capital LLC, for XTI’s $20 million Series B round. The security being offered to… Read more »

Source: XTI, 08-Sep-16

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Heliports of Russia plan new base

Heliports of Russia plan new base

Heliports of Russia are eager to open their new Helicopter Centre in the Ulyanovsk region. Construction began in 2014, a year after the company itself was established. The company has a range of helicopters in their service, such as Bell, Airbus and Robinson. These helicopters are used as air taxis, for air techniques sales and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Sep-16

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Bell 505 production costs 50% lower than Bell 206

Bell 505 production costs 50% lower than Bell 206

The Bell 505 JRX helicopter is expected to go into production this year at more than a 50% cost reduction compared to its predecessor, the Bell 206 B3.  The dramatic cost reduction for this clean sheet design is largely the result of Bell’s decision to use Galorath Incorporated’s SEER for Hardware and SEER for Manufacturing. … Read more »

Source: Galorath, 07-Sep-16

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HFI is now accepting scholarship applications

HFI is now accepting scholarship applications

Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) is pleased to announce the Commercial Pilot Rating and Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarships will accept new applications beginning Sept. 1, 2016. Applicants for the Commercial Pilot Rating Scholarship must already have obtained their private license and be enrolled in a commercial helicopter rating program at an FAA-approved Part 141 school or… Read more »

Source: HFI, 07-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters to demonstrate new Arctic Mi-8

Russian Helicopters to demonstrate new Arctic Mi-8

Compared with the basic version of the Mi-8AMTSh, the new Arctic Mi-8AMTSh-VA has a number of design solutions related to its use in northern latitudes. Among its main design features is a unique technology of heating the oil system and transmission units. The system allows for a quick engine launch with autonomous and non-hangar helicopter… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 07-Sep-16

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GSS launches first fully digital ENG Camera

GSS launches first fully digital ENG Camera

Gyro Stabilized Systems has launched the first fully digital ENG aerial camera with the nation’s most-watched television station. In partnership with Total Traffic and Weather Network, GSS provides a fully digital B516 for WABC-TV’s news helicopter in New York City. The GSS B516 was configured to include a Sony HDC-P1 camera paired with a Canon… Read more »

Source: GSS, 07-Sep-16

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Geelong Hospital Opens New Helipad

Geelong Hospital Opens New Helipad

Geelong Hospital officially opened its new helipad on the Baxter Wing on Friday, by the Health and Ambulance Services Minister, Jill Hennessy. The helipad has been operation since June and in that time has benefited more than 30 patients. The hospital previously used a grounded helipad, causing the emergency cases to be carried through the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-16

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FAA to host second International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

FAA to host second International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

The FAA Rotorcraft Directorate will host its second International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, building on the success of last year’s conference. The conference’s goal is to reduce the national helicopter accident rate. The free event will be held October 25-27 at the Hurst Conference Center near Ft. Worth, Texas. The target audience is rotorcraft pilots, mechanics,… Read more »

Source: FAA, 06-Sep-16

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Shree Airlines plans expansion into fixed wing ops

Shree Airlines plans expansion into fixed wing ops

Shree Airlines, Nepal’s largest helicopter operator has brought on a plan to help their ever shrinking air passenger movement by diversifying into fixed-wing operations. Their plan involves bringing in three 50-seater Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet aircraft (CRJ-200) and three 100-seater Embraer ERJ aircraft to add to their fleet of six MI-17 and four Eurocopter AS350… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-16

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Temporary Closure for Perdido Key Helipad

Temporary Closure for Perdido Key Helipad

Perdido Key Fire Station, Florida USA, received a motion declaring the Perdido Key helipad would be temporarily closed while investigations were underway to ensure the safety of the pad, as well as reviewing the insurance and the inspection requirements. However, the temporary closure can be overrode if there is an emergency with no alternate landing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-16

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FAA approves PA110 PUREair System for Bell 206, 407

FAA approves PA110 PUREair System for Bell 206, 407

Pall Corporation today announced that the PA110 PUREair System engine protection system for Bell Helicopter’s 407, and 206L families of helicopters has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The next generation PA110 PUREair System, co-developed by Pall Aerospace and DART Aerospace, is a totally re-engineered, and retested engine air… Read more »

Source: Pall, 05-Sep-16

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Bristow Group To Present At Barclays CEO Energy – Power Conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that the Company will be presenting at the Barclays CEO Energy – Power Conference to be held in New York City, September 6 – 8, 2016. Jonathan E. Baliff , President and Chief Executive Officer, and Don Miller , Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, are scheduled to present on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 8:25 a.m. ET (7:25 a.m. CT). A live… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 05-Sep-16

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LCI appoints new EMEA Marketing leader

LCI appoints new EMEA Marketing leader

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has appointed Christopher Grainger to the role of Vice President Marketing for the EMEA region. Mr Grainger joins LCI with 30 years’ experience in the civil helicopter industry, and was previously Vice President of Oil & Gas Sales for Airbus Helicopters. During his career,… Read more »

Source: LCI, 05-Sep-16

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VNH South Goes Live on Ramco Aviation Suite

VNH South Goes Live on Ramco Aviation Suite

Ramco Systems, the global Aviation software provider on Cloud and Mobile, on 30 August announced the successful go-live of Ramco Aviation Suite at state-owned Vietnamese helicopter operator, Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNHS). This implementation marks Ramco Aviation 5.7’s first live customer in Vietnam. The implementation of a unified platform has enabled VNHS integrate operations including… Read more »

Source: Ramco, 05-Sep-16

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Best Russian professionals to share their experience at the Aerial Firefighting conference

Best Russian professionals to share their experience at the Aerial Firefighting conference

The 3rd Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific international exhibition and conference will take place on 5 and 6 September in Australia, Adelaide. The “Russian Hour” is scheduled at the conference, a traditional event which gives a deeper insight on the Russian helicopter industry. The best Russian experts in aerial firefighting are to share the integral experience… Read more »

Source: HIA, 05-Sep-16

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Philjets to add another two H130s

Philjets to add another two H130s

PhilJets in its objective to continue develop aerospace, aviation and tourism in the Philippines while contributing to develop the image of the country to the world, is pursuing its growth.  Before the year ends, Philjets ordered two new helicopters and is currently awaiting for its delivery this December and first quarter of next year respectively…. Read more »

Source: Philjets, 05-Sep-16

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IHST seeks feedback on its impact and success

IHST seeks feedback on its impact and success

International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is looking for some assistance in circulating a survey they are conducting. It is a short 8-question online survey for which IHST is attempting to assess their impact and success in the helicopter industry.  Please complete this quick survey to help them.  Many thanks Link to Survey:  http://ihst.org/Default.aspx?tabid=2593    

Source: IHST, 05-Sep-16

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New Thermal Imaging Camera funded by Winnipeg Police

The Winnipeg Police Service is pleased to announce that funding for a new thermal imaging camera has been put in place for AIR1. The commitment for complete funding was approved today by the Winnipeg Police Board. The Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg had each allocated monies for the camera.  However, due to exchange… Read more »

Source: ec120-winnipeg-police, 05-Sep-16

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